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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 239 / Wednesday, December 13, 2006 / Notices hsrobinson on PROD1PC76 with NOTICES Changes Since the Preliminary Results Based on our analysis of comments received, we adjusted the calculation methodology used in the Preliminary Results. First, we calculated general and administrative expenses (G&A) and interest expenses based on LM’s financial statements for the Fiscal Year 2005, which is the time period that most closely corresponds to the POR. Second, we moved expenses for LM’s football and hockey clubs from G&A expenses to indirect selling expenses because these clubs provide indirect advertising benefits to the company. Finally, we adjusted the calculation of the variable cost of manufacturing in the margin calculation program to account for a clerical error. These adjustments are discussed in detail in the Decision Memorandum. this clarification, see Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Assessment of Antidumping Duties, 68 FR 23954 (May 6, 2003). Cash Deposits Furthermore, the following deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of the final results of this administrative review for all shipments of rebar from Latvia entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date of these final results, as provided by section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act): (1) For LM, the cash deposit rate will be 5.94 percent; (2) for merchandise exported by producers or exporters not covered in this review but covered in a previous segment of this proceeding, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the Final Results of Review company–specific rate published in the most recent final results in which that As a result of our review, we producer or exporter participated; (3) if determine that the following weighted– the exporter is not a firm covered in this average margin exists for the period of review or in any previous segment of September 1, 2004, through August 31, this proceeding, but the producer is, the 2005: cash deposit rate will be that established for the producer of the merchandise in Weighted–Average Producer these final results of review or in the Margin (Percentage) most recent final results in which that Joint Stock Company producer participated; and (4) if neither Liepajas Metalurgs 5.94 the exporter nor the producer is a firm covered in this review or in any Assessment previous segment of this proceeding, the cash deposit rate will be 17.21 percent, The Department will determine, and the ‘‘All Others’’ rate established in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection less–than-fair–value investigation. (CBP) shall assess, antidumping duties These deposit requirements shall on all appropriate entries, pursuant to remain in effect until publication of the 19 CFR 351.212(b). The Department final results of the next administrative calculated importer–specific duty assessment rates on the basis of the ratio review. This notice also serves as a final of the total amount of antidumping duties calculated for the examined sales reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f) to the total entered value of the examined sales for that importer. Where to file a certificate regarding the the assessment rate is above de minimis, reimbursement of antidumping duties we will instruct CBP to assess duties on prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. all entries of subject merchandise by Failure to comply with this requirement that importer. The Department intends could result in the Secretary’s to issue assessment instructions to CBP presumption that reimbursement of 15 days after the date of publication of antidumping duties occurred, and in the these final results of review. The Department clarified its subsequent assessment of double ‘‘automatic assessment’’ regulation on antidumping duties. This notice also is the only reminder May 6, 2003 (68 FR 23954). This to parties subject to administrative clarification will apply to entries of protective order (APO) of their subject merchandise during the POR responsibility concerning the return or produced by companies included in destruction of proprietary information these preliminary results of review for disclosed under APO in accordance which the reviewed companies did not with 19 CFR 351.305. Timely written know their merchandise was destined for the United States. In such instances, notification of the return/destruction of the Department will instruct CBP to APO materials or conversion to judicial liquidate unreviewed entries at the all– protective order is hereby requested. others rate if there is no rate for the Failure to comply with the regulations intermediate company(ies) involved in and the terms of an APO is a the transaction. For a full discussion of sanctionable violation. VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:31 Dec 12, 2006 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 74901 We are issuing and publishing these results and notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: December 6, 2006. David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretaryfor Import Administration. Appendix Comment 1: Use of Monthly Cost Comparison Periods Comment 2: Date of Sale Comment 3: General and Administrative Expense Ratio Calculation Comment 4: Clerical Error Comment 5: Treatment of Non–Dumped Sales Comment 6: Financial Statements Used for General and Administrative Expenses and Interest Expenses [FR Doc. E6–21205 Filed 12–12–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2006–0987; FRL–8107–9] FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: There will be a 2–day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review the status of the in utero through lactational assay in the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP). DATES: The meeting will be held on February 27-28, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m, eastern time. Comments: The Agency encourages submission of written comments by February 13, 2007 and requests for oral comments by February 20, 2007. However, written comments and requests to make oral comments may be submitted until the date of the meeting. For additional instructions, see Unit I.C. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Nominations: Nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc members of the FIFRA SAP for this meeting should be provided on or before December 26, 2006. Special Accommodations: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation of a disability, please contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request. E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1 74902 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 239 / Wednesday, December 13, 2006 / Notices The meeting will be held at the Environmental Protection Agency, Conference Center - Lobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. Comments: Submit your comments, identified by docket ID number EPA– HQ–OPP–2006–0987, by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. Your use of the Federal eRulemaking Portal to submit comments to EPA electronically is EPA’s preferred method for receiving comments. • Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20460-0001. • Delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg), 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays). Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The Docket telephone number is (703) 3055805. Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA–HQ–OPP–2006– 0987. If your comments contain any information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT to obtain special instruction before submitting your comments. EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the docket without change and may be made available on-line at http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through regulations.gov or email. The regulations.gov website is an ‘‘anonymous access’’ system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other hsrobinson on PROD1PC76 with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:31 Dec 12, 2006 Jkt 211001 contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in a docket index that is available at http://www.regulations.gov. Although listed in a docket index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available in the electronic docket at http://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the OPP Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg), 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA. The hours of operation of this Docket Facility are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket telephone number is (703) 305-5805. Nominations, requests to present oral comments, and requests for special accommodations: Submit nominations to serve as an ad hoc member of the FIFRA SAP, requests for special seating accommodations, or requests to present oral comments to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Wooge, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-5648476; fax number: 202-564-8382; e-mail addresses: wooge.william@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. Does this Action Apply to Me? This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, however, be of interest to persons who are or may be required to conduct testing of chemical substances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), FIFRA, and the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA). Since other entities may also be interested, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the DFO PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. B. What Should I Consider as I Prepare My Comments for EPA? Tips for preparing your comments. When submitting comments, remember to: 1. Identify the document by docket ID number and other identifying information (subject heading, Federal Register date and page number). 2. Follow directions. The Agency may ask you to respond to specific questions or organize comments by referencing a Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part or section number. 3. Explain why you agree or disagree; suggest alternatives and substitute language for your requested changes. 4. Describe any assumptions and provide any technical information and/ or data that you used. 5. If you estimate potential costs or burdens, explain how you arrived at your estimate in sufficient detail to allow for it to be reproduced. 6. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns and suggest alternatives. 7. Explain your views as clearly as possible, avoiding the use of profanity or personal threats. 8. Make sure to submit your comments by the comment period deadline identified. C. How May I Participate in this Meeting? You may participate in this meeting by following the instructions in this unit. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, it is imperative that you identify docket ID number EPA–HQ–OPP–2006–0987 in the subject line on the first page of your request. 1. Written comments. The Agency encourages that written comments be submitted, using the instructions in ADDRESSES, no later than February 13, 2007, to provide FIFRA SAP the time necessary to consider and review the written comments. However, written comments are accepted until the date of the meeting. Persons wishing to submit written comments at the meeting should contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT and submit 30 copies. There is no limit on the extent of written comments for consideration by FIFRA SAP. 2. Oral comments. The Agency encourages that each individual or group wishing to make brief oral comments to the FIFRA SAP submit their request to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT no later than February 20, 2007, in order to be included on the meeting agenda. E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1 hsrobinson on PROD1PC76 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 239 / Wednesday, December 13, 2006 / Notices Requests to present oral comments will be accepted until the date of the meeting and, to the extent that time permits, the Chair of the FIFRA SAP may permit the presentation of oral comments at the meeting by interested persons who have not previously requested time. The request should identify the name of the individual making the presentation, the organization (if any) the individual will represent, and any requirements for audiovisual equipment (e.g., overhead projector, 35 mm projector, chalkboard). Oral comments before FIFRA SAP are limited to approximately 5 minutes unless prior arrangements have been made. In addition, each speaker should bring 30 copies of his or her comments and presentation slides for distribution to the FIFRA SAP at the meeting. 3. Seating at the meeting. Seating at the meeting will be on a first-come basis. 4. Request for nominations to serve as ad hoc members of the FIFRA SAP for this meeting. As part of a broader process for developing a pool of candidates for each meeting, the FIFRA SAP staff routinely solicits the stakeholder community for nominations of prospective candidates for service as ad hoc members of the FIFRA SAP. Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified individuals to be considered as prospective candidates for a specific meeting. Individuals nominated for this meeting should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: Mammalian (rat) reproductive endocrinology and developmental and reproductive toxicology. Nominees should be scientists who have sufficient professional qualifications, including training and experience, to be capable of providing expert comments on the scientific issues for this meeting. Nominees should be identified by name, occupation, position, address, and telephone number. Nominations should be provided to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT on or before December 26, 2006. The Agency will consider all nominations of prospective candidates for this meeting that are received on or before this date. However, final selection of ad hoc members for this meeting is a discretionary function of the Agency. The selection of scientists to serve on the FIFRA SAP is based on the function of the panel and the expertise needed to address the Agency’s charge to the panel. No interested scientists shall be ineligible to serve by reason of their membership on any other advisory committee to a Federal department or agency or their employment by a Federal department or agency except the VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:31 Dec 12, 2006 Jkt 211001 EPA. Other factors considered during the selection process include availability of the potential panel member to fully participate in the panel’s reviews, absence of any conflicts of interest or appearance of lack of impartiality, independence with respect to the matters under review, and lack of bias. Though financial conflicts of interest, the appearance of lack of impartiality, lack of independence, and bias may result in disqualification, the absence of such concerns does not assure that a candidate will be selected to serve on the FIFRA SAP. Numerous qualified candidates are identified for each panel. Therefore, selection decisions involve carefully weighing a number of factors including the candidates’ areas of expertise and professional qualifications and achieving an overall balance of different scientific perspectives on the panel. In order to have the collective breadth of experience needed to address the Agency’s charge for this meeting, the Agency anticipates selecting approximately 10 ad hoc scientists. If a prospective candidate for service on the FIFRA SAP is considered for participation in a particular session, the candidate is subject to the provisions of 5 CFR part 2634, Executive Branch Financial Disclosure, as supplemented by the EPA in 5 CFR part 6401. As such, the FIFRA SAP candidate is required to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form for Special Government Employees Serving on Federal Advisory Committees at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA Form 3110-48 [5-02]) which shall fully disclose, among other financial interests, the candidate’s employment, stocks and, bonds, and where applicable, sources of research support. The EPA will evaluate the candidates financial disclosure form to assess whether there are financial conflicts of interest, appearance of a lack of impartiality or any prior involvement with the development of the documents under consideration (including previous scientific peer review) before the candidate is considered further for service on the FIFRA SAP. Those who are selected from the pool of prospective candidates will be asked to attend the public meetings and to participate in the discussion of key issues and assumptions at these meetings. In addition, they will be asked to review and to help finalize the meeting minutes. The list of FIFRA SAP members participating at this meeting will be posted on the FIFRA SAP web site at http://epa.gov/scipoly/sap or may be obtained from the OPP Regulatory PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 74903 Public Docket at http:// www.regulations.gov. II. Background A. Purpose of the FIFRA SAP The FIFRA SAP serves as the primary scientific peer review mechanism of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances and is structured to provide scientific advice, information and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on pesticides and pesticide-related issues as to the impact of regulatory actions on health and the environment. The FIFRA SAP is a Federal advisory committee established in 1975 under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act that operates in accordance with requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The FIFRA SAP is composed of a permanent panel consisting of seven members who are appointed by the EPA Administrator from nominees provided by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. FIFRA, as amended by the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act, established a Science Review Board consisting of at least 60 scientists who are available to the Scientific Advisory Panel on an ad hoc basis to assist in reviews conducted by the Panel. As a peer review mechanism, the FIFRA SAP provides comments, evaluations and recommendations to improve the effectiveness and quality of analyses made by Agency scientists. Members of the FIFRA SAP are scientists who have sufficient professional qualifications, including training and experience, to provide expert advice and recommendations to the Agency. B. Public Meeting The EPA is implementing the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP) in response to a 1996 Congressional mandate in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to establish a screening program using validated assays to identify pesticides that may have estrogenic effects in humans and other endocrine effects, as designated by the EPA Administrator. The Agency also has authority to include other non-pesticide chemicals that have an effect cumulative to that of a pesticide to which a substantial human population may be exposed. In developing the EDSP, the EPA considered the recommendations of the Endocrine Disruptor Screening and Testing Advisory Committee (EDSTAC), a panel chartered pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1 hsrobinson on PROD1PC76 with NOTICES 74904 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 239 / Wednesday, December 13, 2006 / Notices (FACA). The screening program was also reviewed by EPA’s Science Advisory Board and by the Scientific Advisory Panel (SAB/SAP), as required by the FFDCA. It was recommended that the EPA address both human and ecological effects and examine effects to estrogen, androgen, and thyroid (EAT) related processes, and that a two-tiered approach be used for screening. The purpose of the Tier-1 battery is to identify substances that have the potential to interact with the endocrine system. The purpose of Tier 2 is to confirm the interaction, identify any adverse effects, and establish quantitative relationships between dose and adverse effects. Both the EDSTAC and SAB/SAP recognized the importance of chemical exposure during development in utero as well as during lactation and, therefore, recommended an in utero through lactational animal model to detect effects that may result from preand postnatal exposure. The EDSTAC and SAB/SAP also recommended that any in utero through lactational bioassay should be developed in a way that would allow for replacement of one or more of the other assays proposed for the Tier-1 screening battery. The EDSP commissioned an in utero through lactational Detailed Review Paper (DRP) that consisted of an extensive review of the scientific literature regarding chemicals known to disrupt the EAT hormone systems during pre- and postnatal development. The DRP presented three in utero through lactational bioassay protocols for the EDSP to consider. The EPA presented the DRP and its recommendations to the Endocrine Disruptor Methods Validation Subcommittee (EDMVS) for review and discussion. The most comprehensive of the three protocols was chosen and tested with methoxychlor, a positive compound that is known to have estrogenic, anti-estrogenic and antiandrogenic effects. In general, the EDMVS agreed with this pre-validation approach with the expectation that the EPA would return to a federal advisory committee such as the SAP to review and discuss the results of the in utero through lactational study with methoxychlor. The purpose of this meeting is to allow the SAP to review and discuss the protocol and assay results of an in utero through lactational study with methoxychlor within the current context of the EDSP and to provide advice that will inform the EPA’s decision to continue, modify or suspend the development of an in utero through VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:31 Dec 12, 2006 Jkt 211001 lactational bioassay as a screening assay in a Tier-1 battery. C. FIFRA SAP Documents and Meeting Minutes. EPA’s background materials, charge/ questions to the FIFRA SAP, FIFRA SAP composition (i.e., members and ad hoc members for this meeting), and the meeting agenda will be available by late January 2007. In addition, the Agency may provide additional background documents as the materials become available. You may obtain electronic copies of these documents, and certain other related documents that might be available electronically, at http:// www.regulations.gov and the FIFRA SAP homepage at http://www.epa.gov/ scipoly/sap. The FIFRA SAP will prepare meeting minutes summarizing its recommendations to the Agency approximately 90 days after the meeting. The meeting minutes will be posted on the FIFRA SAP web site or may be obtained from the OPP Regulatory Public Docket at http:// www.regulations.gov. List of Subjects Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests. Dated: December 7, 2006. Elizabeth A. Resek, Director, Office of Science Coordination and Policy. [FR Doc. E6–21201 Filed 12–12–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0098; FRL–8107–1] Ethyl Parathion; Product Cancellation Order Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces EPA’s order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the Drexel Chemical Company and accepted by the Agency, of products containing the pesticide ethyl parathion, pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This cancellation order follows April 27, 2005 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the ethyl parathion registrant to voluntarily cancel all their ethyl parathion product registrations. These are the last ethyl parathion products registered for use in the United States. PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 In the April 27, 2005 Notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations and/or amendments to terminate uses, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30–day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrants withdrew their requests within this period. The Agency did not receive any comments on the Notice. Further, the registrant did not withdraw their requests. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations. Any distribution, sale, or use of the ethyl parathion products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions. DATES: The cancellations are effective December 13, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Parsons, Special Review and Reregistration Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-5776; fax number: (703) 305-8005; e-mail address: parsons.laura@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. Does this Action Apply to Me? This action is directed to the public in general, and may be of interest to a wide range of stakeholders including environmental, human health, and agricultural advocates; the chemical industry; pesticide users; and members of the public interested in the sale, distribution, or use of pesticides. Since others also may be interested, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. B. How Can I Get Copies of this Document and Other Related Information? 1. Docket. EPA has established a docket for this action under docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQOPPT-2005-0098. Publicly available docket materials are available either in the electronic docket at http:// www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Building), 2777 S. Crystal Drive Arlington, VA. The hours E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0987; FRL-8107-9]


FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting

AGENCY:  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:  Notice.

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SUMMARY: There will be a 2-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, 
Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to 
consider and review the status of the in utero through lactational 
assay in the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP).

DATES: The meeting will be held on February 27-28, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. 
to 5 p.m, eastern time.
    Comments: The Agency encourages submission of written comments by 
February 13, 2007 and requests for oral comments by February 20, 2007. 
However, written comments and requests to make oral comments may be 
submitted until the date of the meeting. For additional instructions, 
see Unit I.C. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
    Nominations: Nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc members 
of the FIFRA SAP for this meeting should be provided on or before 
December 26, 2006.
    Special Accommodations: For information on access or services for 
individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation of a 
disability, please contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 10 days prior to the 
meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

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ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Environmental Protection 
Agency, Conference Center - Lobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South 
Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.
    Comments: Submit your comments, identified by docket ID number EPA-
HQ-OPP-2006-0987, by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. Your use of 
the Federal eRulemaking Portal to submit comments to EPA electronically 
is EPA's preferred method for receiving comments.
     Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public 
Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania 
Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20460-0001.
     Delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), 
Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South 
Bldg), 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only 
accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4 
p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays). Special 
arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The 
Docket telephone number is (703) 305-5805.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-
2006-0987. If your comments contain any information that you consider 
to be CBI or otherwise protected, please contact the DFO listed under 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT to obtain special instruction before 
submitting your comments. EPA's policy is that all comments received 
will be included in the docket without change and may be made available 
on-line at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal 
information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed 
to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information 
whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information 
that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through 
regulations.gov or e-mail. The regulations.gov website is an 
``anonymous access'' system, which means EPA will not know your 
identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of 
your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without 
going through regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be 
automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is 
placed in the docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit 
an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and 
other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk 
or CD ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical 
difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be 
able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of 
special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects 
or viruses.
    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in a docket index 
that is available at http://www.regulations.gov. Although listed in a 
docket index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or 
other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain 
other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the 
Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. 
Publicly available docket materials are available in the electronic 
docket at http://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard 
copy, at the OPP Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S-4400, One Potomac 
Yard (South Bldg), 2777 S. Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA. The hours of 
operation of this Docket Facility are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket telephone number 
is (703) 305-5805.
    Nominations, requests to present oral comments, and requests for 
special accommodations: Submit nominations to serve as an ad hoc member 
of the FIFRA SAP, requests for special seating accommodations, or 
requests to present oral comments to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Wooge, DFO, Office of Science 
Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-
564-8476; fax number: 202-564-8382; e-mail addresses: 
wooge.william@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

    This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, 
however, be of interest to persons who are or may be required to 
conduct testing of chemical substances under the Federal Food, Drug, 
and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), FIFRA, and the Food Quality Protection Act of 
1996 (FQPA). Since other entities may also be interested, the Agency 
has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be 
affected by this action. If you have any questions regarding the 
applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the DFO 
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

B. What Should I Consider as I Prepare My Comments for EPA?

     Tips for preparing your comments. When submitting comments, 
remember to:
    1. Identify the document by docket ID number and other identifying 
information (subject heading, Federal Register date and page number).
     2. Follow directions. The Agency may ask you to respond to 
specific questions or organize comments by referencing a Code of 
Federal Regulations (CFR) part or section number.
    3. Explain why you agree or disagree; suggest alternatives and 
substitute language for your requested changes.
    4. Describe any assumptions and provide any technical information 
and/or data that you used.
    5. If you estimate potential costs or burdens, explain how you 
arrived at your estimate in sufficient detail to allow for it to be 
reproduced.
    6. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns and 
suggest alternatives.
    7. Explain your views as clearly as possible, avoiding the use of 
profanity or personal threats.
    8. Make sure to submit your comments by the comment period deadline 
identified.

C. How May I Participate in this Meeting?

    You may participate in this meeting by following the instructions 
in this unit. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, it is imperative that 
you identify docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0987 in the subject line 
on the first page of your request.
    1. Written comments. The Agency encourages that written comments be 
submitted, using the instructions in ADDRESSES, no later than February 
13, 2007, to provide FIFRA SAP the time necessary to consider and 
review the written comments. However, written comments are accepted 
until the date of the meeting. Persons wishing to submit written 
comments at the meeting should contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT and submit 30 copies. There is no limit on the 
extent of written comments for consideration by FIFRA SAP.
    2. Oral comments. The Agency encourages that each individual or 
group wishing to make brief oral comments to the FIFRA SAP submit their 
request to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT no 
later than February 20, 2007, in order to be included on the meeting 
agenda.

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Requests to present oral comments will be accepted until the date of 
the meeting and, to the extent that time permits, the Chair of the 
FIFRA SAP may permit the presentation of oral comments at the meeting 
by interested persons who have not previously requested time. The 
request should identify the name of the individual making the 
presentation, the organization (if any) the individual will represent, 
and any requirements for audiovisual equipment (e.g., overhead 
projector, 35 mm projector, chalkboard). Oral comments before FIFRA SAP 
are limited to approximately 5 minutes unless prior arrangements have 
been made. In addition, each speaker should bring 30 copies of his or 
her comments and presentation slides for distribution to the FIFRA SAP 
at the meeting.
    3. Seating at the meeting. Seating at the meeting will be on a 
first-come basis.
    4. Request for nominations to serve as ad hoc members of the FIFRA 
SAP for this meeting. As part of a broader process for developing a 
pool of candidates for each meeting, the FIFRA SAP staff routinely 
solicits the stakeholder community for nominations of prospective 
candidates for service as ad hoc members of the FIFRA SAP. Any 
interested person or organization may nominate qualified individuals to 
be considered as prospective candidates for a specific meeting. 
Individuals nominated for this meeting should have expertise in one or 
more of the following areas: Mammalian (rat) reproductive endocrinology 
and developmental and reproductive toxicology. Nominees should be 
scientists who have sufficient professional qualifications, including 
training and experience, to be capable of providing expert comments on 
the scientific issues for this meeting. Nominees should be identified 
by name, occupation, position, address, and telephone number. 
Nominations should be provided to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT on or before December 26, 2006. The Agency will 
consider all nominations of prospective candidates for this meeting 
that are received on or before this date. However, final selection of 
ad hoc members for this meeting is a discretionary function of the 
Agency.
     The selection of scientists to serve on the FIFRA SAP is based on 
the function of the panel and the expertise needed to address the 
Agency's charge to the panel. No interested scientists shall be 
ineligible to serve by reason of their membership on any other advisory 
committee to a Federal department or agency or their employment by a 
Federal department or agency except the EPA. Other factors considered 
during the selection process include availability of the potential 
panel member to fully participate in the panel's reviews, absence of 
any conflicts of interest or appearance of lack of impartiality, 
independence with respect to the matters under review, and lack of 
bias. Though financial conflicts of interest, the appearance of lack of 
impartiality, lack of independence, and bias may result in 
disqualification, the absence of such concerns does not assure that a 
candidate will be selected to serve on the FIFRA SAP. Numerous 
qualified candidates are identified for each panel. Therefore, 
selection decisions involve carefully weighing a number of factors 
including the candidates' areas of expertise and professional 
qualifications and achieving an overall balance of different scientific 
perspectives on the panel. In order to have the collective breadth of 
experience needed to address the Agency's charge for this meeting, the 
Agency anticipates selecting approximately 10 ad hoc scientists. If a 
prospective candidate for service on the FIFRA SAP is considered for 
participation in a particular session, the candidate is subject to the 
provisions of 5 CFR part 2634, Executive Branch Financial Disclosure, 
as supplemented by the EPA in 5 CFR part 6401. As such, the FIFRA SAP 
candidate is required to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure 
Form for Special Government Employees Serving on Federal Advisory 
Committees at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA Form 3110-
48 [5-02]) which shall fully disclose, among other financial interests, 
the candidate's employment, stocks and, bonds, and where applicable, 
sources of research support. The EPA will evaluate the candidates 
financial disclosure form to assess whether there are financial 
conflicts of interest, appearance of a lack of impartiality or any 
prior involvement with the development of the documents under 
consideration (including previous scientific peer review) before the 
candidate is considered further for service on the FIFRA SAP. Those who 
are selected from the pool of prospective candidates will be asked to 
attend the public meetings and to participate in the discussion of key 
issues and assumptions at these meetings. In addition, they will be 
asked to review and to help finalize the meeting minutes. The list of 
FIFRA SAP members participating at this meeting will be posted on the 
FIFRA SAP web site at http://epa.gov/scipoly/sap or may be obtained 
from the OPP Regulatory Public Docket at http://www.regulations.gov.

II. Background

A. Purpose of the FIFRA SAP

     The FIFRA SAP serves as the primary scientific peer review 
mechanism of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 
Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances and is structured 
to provide scientific advice, information and recommendations to the 
EPA Administrator on pesticides and pesticide-related issues as to the 
impact of regulatory actions on health and the environment. The FIFRA 
SAP is a Federal advisory committee established in 1975 under the 
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act that operates in 
accordance with requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The 
FIFRA SAP is composed of a permanent panel consisting of seven members 
who are appointed by the EPA Administrator from nominees provided by 
the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. 
FIFRA, as amended by the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act, established 
a Science Review Board consisting of at least 60 scientists who are 
available to the Scientific Advisory Panel on an ad hoc basis to assist 
in reviews conducted by the Panel. As a peer review mechanism, the 
FIFRA SAP provides comments, evaluations and recommendations to improve 
the effectiveness and quality of analyses made by Agency scientists. 
Members of the FIFRA SAP are scientists who have sufficient 
professional qualifications, including training and experience, to 
provide expert advice and recommendations to the Agency.

B. Public Meeting

    The EPA is implementing the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program 
(EDSP) in response to a 1996 Congressional mandate in the Federal Food, 
Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to establish a screening program using 
validated assays to identify pesticides that may have estrogenic 
effects in humans and other endocrine effects, as designated by the EPA 
Administrator. The Agency also has authority to include other non-
pesticide chemicals that have an effect cumulative to that of a 
pesticide to which a substantial human population may be exposed. In 
developing the EDSP, the EPA considered the recommendations of the 
Endocrine Disruptor Screening and Testing Advisory Committee (EDSTAC), 
a panel chartered pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act

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(FACA). The screening program was also reviewed by EPA's Science 
Advisory Board and by the Scientific Advisory Panel (SAB/SAP), as 
required by the FFDCA. It was recommended that the EPA address both 
human and ecological effects and examine effects to estrogen, androgen, 
and thyroid (EAT) related processes, and that a two-tiered approach be 
used for screening. The purpose of the Tier-1 battery is to identify 
substances that have the potential to interact with the endocrine 
system. The purpose of Tier 2 is to confirm the interaction, identify 
any adverse effects, and establish quantitative relationships between 
dose and adverse effects.
    Both the EDSTAC and SAB/SAP recognized the importance of chemical 
exposure during development in utero as well as during lactation and, 
therefore, recommended an in utero through lactational animal model to 
detect effects that may result from pre- and postnatal exposure. The 
EDSTAC and SAB/SAP also recommended that any in utero through 
lactational bioassay should be developed in a way that would allow for 
replacement of one or more of the other assays proposed for the Tier-1 
screening battery.
    The EDSP commissioned an in utero through lactational Detailed 
Review Paper (DRP) that consisted of an extensive review of the 
scientific literature regarding chemicals known to disrupt the EAT 
hormone systems during pre- and postnatal development. The DRP 
presented three in utero through lactational bioassay protocols for the 
EDSP to consider. The EPA presented the DRP and its recommendations to 
the Endocrine Disruptor Methods Validation Subcommittee (EDMVS) for 
review and discussion. The most comprehensive of the three protocols 
was chosen and tested with methoxychlor, a positive compound that is 
known to have estrogenic, anti-estrogenic and anti-androgenic effects. 
In general, the EDMVS agreed with this pre-validation approach with the 
expectation that the EPA would return to a federal advisory committee 
such as the SAP to review and discuss the results of the in utero 
through lactational study with methoxychlor.
    The purpose of this meeting is to allow the SAP to review and 
discuss the protocol and assay results of an in utero through 
lactational study with methoxychlor within the current context of the 
EDSP and to provide advice that will inform the EPA's decision to 
continue, modify or suspend the development of an in utero through 
lactational bioassay as a screening assay in a Tier-1 battery.

C. FIFRA SAP Documents and Meeting Minutes.

    EPA's background materials, charge/questions to the FIFRA SAP, 
FIFRA SAP composition (i.e., members and ad hoc members for this 
meeting), and the meeting agenda will be available by late January 
2007. In addition, the Agency may provide additional background 
documents as the materials become available. You may obtain electronic 
copies of these documents, and certain other related documents that 
might be available electronically, at http://www.regulations.gov and 
the FIFRA SAP homepage at http://www.epa.gov/scipoly/sap.
    The FIFRA SAP will prepare meeting minutes summarizing its 
recommendations to the Agency approximately 90 days after the meeting. 
The meeting minutes will be posted on the FIFRA SAP web site or may be 
obtained from the OPP Regulatory Public Docket at http://
www.regulations.gov.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests.


    Dated: December 7, 2006.
Elizabeth A. Resek,
Director, Office of Science Coordination and Policy.
[FR Doc. E6-21201 Filed 12-12-06; 8:45 am]
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